11 December 2015

Kenya: ODM Calls for Protest in Kisumu Over Raila Summons

ODM office in Kisumu has called for mass protest following threats to arrest Cord leader Raila Odinga over Eurobond saga.

County chairman Dave Okwach said party supporters will march along the streets of Kisumu town on Monday morning to compel EACC to drop the threat.

"We will protest because we believe that EACC as currently constituted cannot legitimately probe the controversial Eurobond," Okwach said in Kisumu town on Friday.

"We will not allow Raila who is our party leader to be intimidated by people who lack capacity to carry out any investigation."

He said Raila should be protected as a whistle blower instead of being compelled to record a statement over the alleged loss of Sh140 billion Eurobond fund.

Okwach said party supporters will converge at the ODM county offices for the "grand march", before presenting a petition to the EACC Western Kenya offices at Jubilee Insurance Plaza.

This follows a directive by the EACC asking the Cord leader to report to the Commission's offices on Monday failure to which he will be liable for prosecution.

On Thursday, two CID officers and two forensic investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission went to Raila's Capitol Hill office to serve him with summons.

Raila has claimed for weeks that the government lost Sh140 billion of the Eurobond's proceeds, prompting an investigations order by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

He declined to appear at Integrity Centre, with his lawyers including Moses Wetang'ula, James Orengo, Tom Kajwang' and Paul Mwangi dismissed the threat and summons, saying Raila was protected as a whistleblower by law.


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